Sometimes I like taking an image of a painting I've already done and playing around with it in Photoshop. Now I'm no photoshop expert, but I do like to experiment with the various tools and options, just to see what they do. Here's an interesting little exercise that resulted in a pretty cool scarf.
This is an abstract painting of a flower that I did in batik technique. I wanted to see if I could make it even more abstract.
Walter Investigates a New Flower, 18 x 24. Dyes and soy wax on silk habotai
I opened an image of it in Photoshop, cropped it and applied a distortion filter to it, which made the shapes more exaggerated. I also overlaid a multicolored gradient on top to change the colors, and darkened some areas. Here's the result:
This is wild! I love this and think I'll make this into a painting some day. But meanwhile I need scarves, and thought I could use a section of this for a design. So I took a slice from just above center and made an image of that in the dimensions of the scarf I was going to paint.
This is the image of that cropped slice in photoshop, which I printed and used as a guide to paint the scarf.
And here's the real scarf, also painted in batik technique like the original painting:
I think this is a great way to 'reprocess' a painting... I'll probably be doing more of this! What do you think?